Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone: Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has chosen “Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone: Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate” as this year’s focus for Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to a downloadable fact sheet provided on their website, TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) may be more prevalent than you think: 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a […]

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After the Emergency—Helping Rescuers and Witnesses Cope

The main focus of emergency care is, of course, what to do in a medical emergency. But what happens for that brave Good Samaritan after the event? Or how about for those bystanders who witness the drama of a rescue effort, especially for those all-too-frequent efforts that ultimately don’t succeed? It’s certainly stressful stuff. Just […]

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Lessons of Student Behavior in Class

While researching this post, I happened upon some great information from the California Nurses Association that provides insightful suggestions for dealing with a variety of student behaviors. Let’s take a closer look at these behaviors that undoubtedly we’ve all run into at one time or another. Each of these presents its own unique challenges that […]

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Heart Health

While we never tire of promoting the modern miracle of the automated external defibrillator (AED) and its use by trained bystanders, I wanted to talk a bit today about some other heart-related topics. All in honor of Heart Month, while we still have a little February left to go. Heart health — What you can […]

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Women and Heart Attackes

It goes against the old stereotype, but it’s true: As the Mayo Clinic points out, more women than men die of heart disease each year. Here’s the challenge: heart disease symptoms for women are different than they are for men. As we wrap up this year’s heart month, let’s look today at the challenges women […]

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OSHA’s GHS

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently published some interesting survey results about healthcare workers and their interaction with hazardous chemicals. According to their article in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, “healthcare workers who routinely come in contact with hazardous chemicals on the job lack training and awareness of employer […]

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Preliminary results from Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recently released preliminary results from Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries indicate a decline in the number of fatal work injuries from 2011 to 2012. The rate of 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2011 dropped to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2012. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez recognizes the hard […]

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The Centers for Disease Control reminds us

The Centers for Disease Control reminds us that “Taking preventive action is your best defense against having to deal with extreme cold-weather conditions.” Snow storms, cold snaps, and arctic intrusions — they’re all just part of the scenery at this time of year. Here are some expert tips from the CDC on what you can […]

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2014 is coming in COLD

Across the U.S., temperatures are plummeting and wind chills are colder than we’ve seen for a long time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind us that extreme cold weather is a dangerous situation that can bring on health emergencies in susceptible people, such as those without shelter, outdoor workers, and those who […]

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Hands-Only CPR: Overview

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